Our History

On June 8, 2011, the First President of the Republic of Kazakhstan H.E. Nursultan Nazarbayev announced the need for a specialized food security entity within the OIC at the 7th session of the World Islamic Economic Forum in Astana.

On June 8, 2011, the First President of the Republic of Kazakhstan H.E. Nursultan Nazarbayev announced the need for a specialized food security entity within the OIC at the 7th session of the World Islamic Economic Forum in Astana. At the 38th session of the Council of Foreign Ministers of OIC, he mentioned it again and suggested locating the headquarters in Kazakhstan, a food-producing and exporting state.

This idea was very timely, considering the relevance of food insecurity and hunger in many Islamic countries. In his address to the participants of the Inaugural General Assembly of IOFS in Astana (April 2016), the Leader of the Nation noted that the Muslim world must not stay aside from the agricultural development and global efforts to eradicate hunger.

At the high-level forum on “Sustainable Development under the UN General Assembly” in 2019, the President of Kazakhstan Kassym-Jomart Tokayev pointed out the importance of the goals of the Islamic Organization for Food Security, which are aimed at solving the problems of desertification, deforestation, erosion, salinization, and social insecurity. He expressed hope that all 57 OIC member states will join this initiative in near future.

In September 2020, on the 75th session of the UN General Assembly, President of the Republic of Kazakhstan Kassym-Zhomart Tokayev noted the role of the IOFS in humanitarian aid: «The next 10 years are critical for our generation. The fundamental goal – the complete eradication of hunger across the globe must be achieved unconditionally. In this regard, we note the importance of convening the Food Systems Summit in 2021. The Islamic Organization for Food Security is willing to provide comprehensive support for the development of food reserves and implementation of a large-scale international humanitarian campaign».

The next 10 years are critical for our generation. The fundamental goal – the complete eradication of hunger across the globe must be achieved unconditionally.
The name “Islamic Organization for Food Security” (IOFS) and the Statute of this specialized institution of the OIC were formulated at the Intergovernmental Meeting of Experts of the OIC Member States on June 11-12, 2013.

On December 9-11, 2013, during the 40th session of CFM in Conakry, Guinea, 19 OIC member countries signed the IOFS Statute, and thus became the official members of IOFS.

The Inaugural session of the IOFS General Assembly was held in conjunction with the 7th Ministerial Conference on Food Security and Agricultural Development on April 26-28, 2016 in Astana, Kazakhstan. The hosting country was elected a Chair of the IOFS General Assembly, Côte d’Ivoire and Palestine – as Vice-Chairs.

The Second General Assembly took place on August 27-29, 2019 in Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia was elected as a Chair of the General Assembly, Tajikistan and Gambia as Vice-Chairs, and Kazakhstan as Rapporteur.

The Third General Assembly was held online on December 2-3, 2020 in Ankara, Turkey

Turkey. All 16 strategic programmes of IOFS were approved by the member states. Tunisia officially announced its intention to join IOFS in nearest future.

The Fourth General Assembly is scheduled to take place in 2021 in Nur-Sultan, Republic of Kazakhstan.

The activities of the IOFS are financed by mandatory and voluntary contributions, donations, funds for specific projects, as well as revenues from publications and services.

The first three years (2017-2019) of the IOFS Secretariat activities were funded by the voluntary contributions of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

In 2020, Kazakhstan, Bangladesh, and UAE transferred the mandatory contributions and Saudi Arabia submitted the voluntary contributions.

At present, IOFS is comprised of 36 countries out of 57 OIC states, 13 of which ratified the Statute.
Member states Entry date Ratification date
1
Burkina Faso 2013 May 10, 2016
2
Islamic Republic of Afghanistan 2013 Jul 20, 2016
3
Islamic Republic of Iran 2013 -
4
Islamic Republic of Mauritania 2013 -
5
Islamic Republic of Pakistan 2013 -
6
Republic of Djibouti 2013 -
7
Republic of Guinea 2013 -
8
Republic of Guinea-Bissau 2013 -
9
Republic of Kazakhstan 2013 Nov 21, 2014
10
Republic of Mali 2013 May 17, 2020
11
Republic of Sierra Leone 2013 -
12
Republic of Somalia 2013 -
13
Republic of Sudan 2013 -
14
Republic of Suriname 2013 -
15
Republic of The Gambia 2013 Oct 20, 2016
16
Republic of Turkey 2013 -
17
Republic of Uganda 2013 -
18
Republic of Benin 2015 -
19
Republic of Niger 2013 Dec 21, 2015
20
State of Palestine 2013 Mar 8, 2016
21
Union of the Comoros 2013 -
22
State of Libya 2014 -
23
Republic of Cameroon 2015 -
24
United Arab Emirates 2015 Oct 25, 2017
25
Arab Republic of Egypt 2016 Jul 27, 2018
26
Cote d'Ivoire 2016 -
27
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia 2016 Sep 30, 2018
28
Republic of Tajikistan 2016 -
29
State of Kuwait 2016 Apr 21, 2016
30
People’s Republic of Bangladesh 2016 Jul 4, 2017
31
Republic of Mozambique 2016 -
32
State of Qatar 2016 Oct 22, 2017
33
Republic of Senegal 2017 -
34
Federal Republic of Nigeria 2019 -
35
Kingdom of Morocco 2021 -
36
Republic of Tunisia 2021 -